Fire in the Bones: William Tyndale, Martyr, Father of the English Bible

by S. Michael Wilcox


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The leading personalities of his century would draw upon all their resources to stop him, from the brilliant Sir Thomas Moore to King Henry VIII; from Charles V, ruler of half of Europe, to the Pope. Both church and state hunted him relentlessly — at a time when the church held power over both soul and body and could condemn the heretic to execution by fire. His crime? Translating the words of the Bible into the "vulgar" English tongue.

He was William Tyndale, and the story of his life, told in Fire in the Bones, reads like a novel, as exciting in its facts as any fiction could be. He knew the smugglers' secret marks and their intense, fraternal loyalty. He tasted the salt of shipwreck and knew the despair of lost manuscripts buried under the waves of the North Sea. Intrigue, safe houses, bribes, spies, covert conversations, last-minute flight, aliases, imprisonment, loneliness, all wove their spell into the riddles of his hidden world. He died at last as a martyr, but not before he had bequeathed to the world some of the most beloved and sacred phrases and terms in Holy Writ, including Atonement, still small voice, and Let there be Light. Readers everywhere will be captivated by his story.

About the Author

S. Michael Wilcox

S. Michael Wilcox received his PhD from the University of Colorado and taught for many years at the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah. He has spoken to packed crowds at BYU Education Week and has hosted tours to the Holy Land to China to Church history sites. He has served in a variety of callings, including as bishop and counselor in a stake presidency. He has written many articles and books, including House of Glory, Sunset, 10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven, and Finding Hope. He and his late wife, Laurie, are the parents of five children.

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Needed a better editor
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Wonderful story of Tyndale, not the best editing job. So nice to read about such an important player in the dark days of Christianity.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Everyone should read this book to gain an appreciation for the people who died to help give us the gift of the Holy Bible and in our own language.

Everyone should take the time to read this book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Biography on William Tyndale - translator of the Bible. He keeps it interesting inspite of it being history. Every church member should read this book to gain a better appreciation of having the freedom to hold a bible in their hands.

Great read
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

You won't look at the Bible the same after reading this book. I never realized how much sacrifice went into translating the Bible into English so that we can read it today and so that it was available to Joseph Smith.

Fascinating history!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Wilcox combines biography, history, linguistics, and doctrine beautifully in this gratifying read. The reader develops a greater appreciation for the opportunity to read the scriptures and for the energy found in their pages. Our Church would not be the same today were it not for Tyndale's work and sacrifice, and Wilcox has shown this in fascinating detail.

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